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  1. “Nietzsche offered us a way of battling against fanaticism, showing us how we can combat its spread and prevent the emergence of new fanatics” — Paul Katsafanas (Boston) on Nietzsche, the anti-fanatic
  2. “Fan service”, that is, putting something into the story “just to please the fans”, is supposed to be a flaw — Brad Skow (MIT) has a bad feeling about this: what about “easter eggs”?
  3. “I seem to have been on the whole rather negative, sceptical, unfashionable, and contrarian” — a lengthy interview with Roger Crisp (Oxford) about his ideas and intellectual development, by Benjamin Mullins (Erasmus)
  4. When Sartre visited Gaza — Robert Zaretsky (Houston) on Sartre’s “Anti-Semite and Jew” and his views on Israel and Palestinian refugees
  5. “It is reasonable to think that the universe is infinite, and that there exist infinitely many galaxies broadly like ours, scattered throughout space and time, including in our future.” — Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) & Jacob Barandes (Harvard) explain why
  6. The philosophy q&a used to be brutal, but the brutality had a defense: “a practice of ruthless refutation… [is] an efficient way to improve the quality of arguments across the intellectual ecosystem” — It’s less hostile nowadays, notes Kieran Setiya (MIT), but as a result its function is less clear and its norms less certain
  7. Analyses of ‘analysis’ in Analysis — a collection of articles

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5 months ago

To go with the piece on Sartre, I recommend reading Edward Said’s “My Encounter with Sartre”.